Candied yam marshmallow s’mores? If you just made a face and thought, “Seriously?” you aren’t alone. When I started thinking about this little Thanksgiving leftovers gem I decided to talk it through with someone who can actually cook well (I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – even though I highly enjoy the creative aspect of cooking, I’m not exactly a chef).
So, I brought the super-sweet s’mores idea to my mom. She just shook her head and mumbled something along the lines of, “Who would eat that?” Well, I would (and I did!). And my son (like many other kids) would. This isn’t a fine dining recipe, and adults may cringe at the thought of it. But, at its most basic it’s akin to a deconstructed sweet potato (or rather, yam) pie. Think about it, the graham crackers are like the graham crust, then you’ve got the yams that are like sweet potatoes, splash in some cinnamon, mix in creamy marshmallows and top with some white chocolate. It’s a pie in sandwich form!
If you’re wondering what to do differently with those Thanksgiving Day leftovers, the candied yam s’more may just become a holiday tradition for your kiddos!
Before you can assemble the s’more, you’ll need one of my favorite turkey day dishes ever: The candied yam marshmallow casserole. When I was little my mom’s friend used to make this sweet holiday treat every year. When she moved away I had to go without it, until I my early 20’s when I realized I could make it myself. Basically, you’ll need to buy a can of yams and follow the directions on the back. It will go something like – mash the yams, mix in a tablespoon of melted butter, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. Throw in a few marshmallows and stir it together. Pour the mix into an oven-safe pan and top with a layer of marshmallows. Pop it out and now-
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· Your marshmallow casserole
· Graham crackers
· Cranberry sauce – Yes, cranberry sauce.
· White chocolate
· Optional: Whipped cream
Here’s What to Do:
1. Spoon a layer of cranberry sauce onto a graham cracker.
2. Place a piece of white chocolate on the other graham.
3. Warm up the casserole (if it isn’t already). Layer it on over the chocolate. The warmth from the yams will help to melt the chocolate.
4. Sandwich the s’more together with the cranberry sauce-covered cracker.
5. Add a melted marshmallow or whipped cream on top.
6. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon over the s’more.
This isn’t just a treat for the kids. You can also use this is a science and math activity. Talk about the science of cooking. Ask her how and why the marshmallows change as you heat them. Let her measure and mix the ingredients when making the casserole. You can also help her to build fine motor abilities by letting her piece together the post-Thanksgiving s’more stack snack.
Are you looking for more sweet s’mores? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas!